Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Spur Aid for Haiti

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January 20, 2010


KAGEN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN BILL TO SPUR AID FOR HAITI

Legislation encourages charitable giving, rewards contributions with 2009 tax deduction

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. continues to work hard to aid those affected by the disastrous earthquake in Haiti last week. In addition to his efforts to unite Haitian children with their adopted parents, the Congressman co-sponsored legislation today that would allow individuals who make charitable contributions to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim an itemized charitable deduction on their 2009.

The bi-partisan bill, which passed unanimously by the House today, will help earthquake victims in Haiti by offering an immediate benefit to Americans who make charitable contributions to aid the region. This bipartisan legislation will allow individuals to claim any donations to the relief effort as an itemized deduction on their 2009 tax return, instead of waiting to claim it on their 2010 return.

“My wife Gayle and I cannot look at the images of the death and devastation coming out of Haiti without being moved to action,” said Dr. Kagen “We are incredibly grateful to all of the Americans who are making selfless contributions to help Haiti recover from this disaster, and I am proud that my colleagues united quickly, and in a bipartisan way, to do what we can to continue to ease the pain of those who are suffering in Haiti.”

This measure will promote timely giving to Haiti, in the days and weeks when the region needs help the most, by providing Americans with an immediate income tax benefit that individuals can claim in 2009, instead of 2010. The bill would also make clear that the many taxpayers making a charitable contribution to victims of the Haiti earthquake through a text message will be able to rely on their cell phone bill when claiming a charitable donation.

In addition to passing this measure, the House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution expressing condolences to, and solidarity with, the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 20, 2010


KAGEN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN BILL TO SPUR AID FOR HAITI

Legislation encourages charitable giving, rewards contributions with 2009 tax deduction

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. continues to work hard to aid those affected by the disastrous earthquake in Haiti last week. In addition to his efforts to unite Haitian children with their adopted parents, the Congressman co-sponsored legislation today that would allow individuals who make charitable contributions to victims of the earthquake in Haiti to claim an itemized charitable deduction on their 2009.

 

The bi-partisan bill, which passed unanimously by the House today, will help earthquake victims in Haiti by offering an immediate benefit to Americans who make charitable contributions to aid the region. This bipartisan legislation will allow individuals to claim any donations to the relief effort as an itemized deduction on their 2009 tax return, instead of waiting to claim it on their 2010 return.

 

“My wife Gayle and I cannot look at the images of the death and devastation coming out of Haiti without being moved to action,” said Dr. Kagen “We are incredibly grateful to all of the Americans who are making selfless contributions to help Haiti recover from this disaster, and I am proud that my colleagues united quickly, and in a bipartisan way, to do what we can to continue to ease the pain of those who are suffering in Haiti.”

This measure will promote timely giving to Haiti, in the days and weeks when the region needs help the most, by providing Americans with an immediate income tax benefit that individuals can claim in 2009, instead of 2010. The bill would also make clear that the many taxpayers making a charitable contribution to victims of the Haiti earthquake through a text message will be able to rely on their cell phone bill when claiming a charitable donation.

 

In addition to passing this measure, the House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution expressing condolences to, and solidarity with, the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010.

 

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